Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - "Fr. Siméon Yampa was a humble person, obedient and full of love, he loved his parishioners", writes His Exc. Mgr. Théophile Nare, Bishop of Kaya in a statement sent to Agenzia Fides, on the attack against the church of Dablo which took place yesterday, Sunday 12 May, in which in addition to Fr. Yampa, also five faithful lost their lives.
Archbishop Théophile Nare writes that "with profound grief he announces the death of Fr. Siméon Yampa and five Christian faithful. The death occurred in the terrorist attack against the parish church of Dablo, during the celebration of the mass". The funeral of the six victims of the terrorist attack takes place today, May 13th.
The attack occurred between 9 and 10 am when the terrorists arrived on board a motorcycle and arrived in Dablo, a village 90 km from Kaya, in the province of Sanmatenga, in the north-central area of Burkina Faso. The armed group immediately attacked the church where Sunday Mass was being celebrated, killing five faithful and the priest. Before escaping, they burned down the church, then shops and a the health center.
Fr. Siméon Yampa was born on February 19, 1985. He was ordained on July 7, 2014 in Kaya.
Attacks against Christian communities are multiplying in Burkina Faso. On April 28, at the end of the celebration in Silgadji, in the province of Soum, a Protestant pastor had been murdered along with five faithful
In mid-February, a Spanish priest and four customs officers were killed in a jihadist attack in eastern Burkina Faso (see Fides, 16/2/2019), while there is no news of Fr. Joël Yougbaré, parish priest of Djibo, who disappeared in the north of the country on Sunday 17 March (see Fides. 20/3/2019). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 13/5/2019)